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J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 371 comments What other book lists are worth taking recommendations from or more or less systematically trying to read a percentage of?

The Guardian list of 1000 novels everyone must read: the definitive list
Original list:
Goodreads version:

The World Library is a list of the 100 best books, as proposed by 100 writers from 54 different coun-tries, compiled and organized in 2002 by the Norwegian Book Club
Original list:
Goodreads version – currently unpolluted:
Critique: Hans Christian Andersen has ”Fairy tales” and Edgar Allan Poe ”Tales”. Both are pretty large and unspecific.

BBC top 100. In April 2003 the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel.
Original list:
Looks like a fine list to me, but the Goodreads version is a bit odd. The BBC list does not have the Harry Potter box set but the three first books and no William Shakespeare: The Complete Works.

The New Classics: Books. List as compiled by Entertainment Weekly of “The 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008”
Original list:,,20207...
A somewhat polluted Goodreads version:
Critique: Only new books.

I am thinking of what a core list of the books on 1001, Guardian, World Library, and BBC top 100 would look like.

message 2: by J_BlueFlower (last edited Jul 05, 2011 02:29AM) (new)

J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 371 comments Here are the books on all four lists – the core of the core:
Austen: Pride And Prejudice
Dickens: Great Expectations
Eliot: Middlemarch
Joyce: Ulysses
Márquez: Love in the time of cholera
Márquez: One hundred years of solitude
Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Tolstoy: War And Peace

The BBC list seems a little more like popular and well-known books rather than “books you should read”. Leaving out the BBC list, I get:
Achebe: things fall apart
Austen: pride and prejudice
Balzac: le pere goriot
Bronte: wuthering heights
Celine: journey to the end of the night
Cervantes: don quixote
Conrad: nostromo
Dickens: great expectations
Doblin: berlin alexanderplatz
Eliot: middlemarch
Faulkner: the sound and the fury
Flaubert: madame bovary
Flaubert: sentimental education
Gogol: dead souls
Grass: the tin drum
Hamsun: hunger
Hemingway: the old man and the sea
Joyce: ulysses
Kafka: the castle
Kafka: the trial
Kazantzakis: zorba the greek
Lawrence: sons and lovers
Lessing: the golden notebook
Mann: buddenbrooks
Mann: the magic mountain
Marquez: love in the time of cholera
Marquez: one hundred years of solitude
Morrison: beloved
Musil: the man without qualities
Orwell: nineteen eighty-four
Proust: remembrance of things past
Rosa: the devil to pay in the backlands
Stendhal: the red and the black
Tolstoy: anna karenina
Tolstoy: war and peace
Woolf: to the lighthouse

message 3: by Judith (new)

Judith (jloucks) | 1203 comments You are a wonder! Thanks so much for these lists and links!

message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (mmbirch3) | 38 comments takes a lot of lists and compiles them together, ranking books higher based on how many times they appear on those lists.

message 5: by Linda (new)

Linda Love this - thanks. I love it when I read a book that appears on numerous different lists; it feels like such an accomplishment!

message 6: by Amy (new)

Amy Neftzger (neftzger) | 28 comments This is great - thanks for posting. Now I just need more time to read!

message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa James (sthwnd) | 352 comments I signed up for & there are some similarities on the 1001 list & their main 1000 list, but I'm way behind on those too, LOL.

message 8: by Judith (new)

Judith (jloucks) | 1203 comments I signed up with also! It is very satisfying to finally find one that combines so many other lists. Thanks again, Melissa.

message 9: by J_BlueFlower (new)

J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 371 comments Yes, thanks for the link. Looks good. I guess I should try to spend the time reading the book rather than the lists ;-)

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J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 371 comments Project Gutenberg has two of the lists with links to free versions of some of the books:

message 11: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (barbarasc) | 3 comments Jette wrote: "Here are the books on all four lists – the core of the core:
Austen: Pride And Prejudice
Dickens: Great Expectations
Eliot: Middlemarch
Joyce: Ulysses
Márquez: Love in the time of cholera

Awesome list!!! THANK YOU!!!!

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